Ryan Bader became a dual-weight world champion last night with a quick and brutal KO of the legendary Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator 214.
It’s not nice to see a legend finished in the manner that ‘The Last Emperor’ was last night but in Bader, Scott Coker’s promotion have found perhaps their most decorated fighter yet.
The bout that saw him crowned as the winner of the heavyweight grand-prix was predictably brief – as the former UFC light-heavyweight connected on the chin of the former PRIDE champion, shutting the threat down early and sealing the deal in 35 seconds.
The disrespect from Ryan Bader to finish Fedor like that.
In all seriousness, though, it pains me to see one of the greatest of all time get finished like that.
— Chisanga Malata (@Chisanga_Malata) January 27, 2019
Again, it isn’t nice to see one of the greatest and most revered fighters in the history of the sport go down like that but it really has been clear for some time that Fedor’s best days are long gone.
As for Bader, it was perhaps the biggest win of his career to date and one that firmly solidifies his status as one of the best fighters on the planet amongst the heavier weight-classes.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena